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A moderate mediator

The role of mediation in the Dayton court system By A.J. Wagner You might call it “Judge Judy justice.” It is scheduled to happen every Wednesday at Dayton Municipal Court when Magistrate Barbara Doseck or Magistrate Colette Moorman hear the cases of Small Claims Court. These are the cases where one person sues another for […]

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The whine zone

Fighting for the right to make wine By A.J. Wagner According to Myrddin Winery’s website, “Wine is sexy! Wine is food! Wine is at the heart of many of our most meaningful experiences. Wine is a never-ending quest to harness nature within the confines of a (most often) 750 ml bottle.” Myrddin Winery, a small […]

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Debate Forum Left, 8/23/11

The Constitution has a little secret and it’s supreme By A.J. Wagner Really? Are you serious? After complaining incessantly about wasteful government spending, after demanding time after time that government cut costs, the Tea Party comes to the citizens of Ohio asking us to change the Ohio Constitution so as to invalidate certain provisions of […]

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Intelligent creation?

The argument over evolution and creationism in public schools By A.J. Wagner For those who contend that the U.S. is a Christian nation, this paragraph, taken from the Treaty of Tripoli, is an obstacle of great consequence. “As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian […]

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Three looks at sentencing

Taking emotion out of the courthouse By A.J. Wagner 1. Vengeance It was surprising for me to read an article in The New York Times at the end of last month in which Thane Rosenbaum, a law professor from Fordham University, argued that vengeance is a moral cause. That’s not something usually seen from a […]

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When a crime isn’t a crime

How does a person get indicted? By A.J. Wagner It was so kind of Rupert Murdoch to volunteer to serve as the example for this week’s article wherein we answer the question, “How does a person get indicted?” Short answer: It’s not easy. Even the most obvious crimes must go through a process filled with […]

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Do justice. You know what I mean?

The elusive meaning of justice By A.J. Wagner The jury was in its fourth day of deliberation. That pesky notion of “reasonable doubt” was keeping a handful of the 12 from saying “guilty” although the others were firmly convinced the young defendant had committed the assault. Juror number nine, a truck driver and itinerant preacher, […]

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Actual Jury Instructions

Thought I’d share with you some actual jury instructions for your reading enjoyment and comment. These are instructions for a domestic Violence case. Jury Instructions Members of the jury: You have heard the evidence and the arguments of counsel. The court and the jury have separate functions: you decide the disputed facts and the court […]

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Justice for all

The reason judges are not surprised by the Casey Anthony verdict By A.J. Wagner Members of the jury: You have heard the evidence and the arguments of counsel. The court and the jury have separate functions: you decide the disputed facts and the court provides the instructions of law. It is your sworn duty to […]

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Jury Instructions

Members of the jury: You have heard the evidence and the arguments of counsel. The court and the jury have separate functions: you decide the disputed facts and the court provides the instructions of law. It is your sworn duty to accept these instructions and to apply the law as it is given to you. […]

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Debate Forum: 04/15

Forum Center: Should Ohio go green with marijuana legislation? By Alex Culpepper The push for marijuana legalization is active and healthy. […]

Debate Forum: 04/08

Forum Center: Residents claiming violation of First Amendment seek an answer to their prayers By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Joseph Rank The […]

Debate Forum: 04/01

Forum Center: SCOTUS to decide whether corporations are eligible for Heaven and Hell By Alex Culpepper Illustration: ©2013 Rob Rogers. Reprinted with permission […]

Debate Forum: 03/25

Forum Center: Tesla and the retail automobile industry By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Dennis Porter Tesla Motors is a California company that […]

Debate Commentary 03/18

Your computer files might be protected by more than just a password By Alex Culpepper One of the freedoms under […]

Debate Commentary 03/11

Forum Center: If a person objects to a police search but is not home to state it, do the police still […]